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Childlike Trust

Yahweh, my heart is not haughty,

I do not set my sights too high.

I have taken no part in great affairs,

in wonders beyond my scope.

No, I hold myself in quiet and silence,

like a little child in its mother's arms,

like a little child, so I keep myself.

Let Israel hope in Yahweh

henceforth and for ever.

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Psalm 131

One day, at least 25 years ago, when Marcel and I were living in Rockland, we drove into Ottawa, each of us to meet with our spiritual directors who were at the time residing in two different parishes.  Since they were priests, both of us also went to confession.  As we were driving back home, discussing our respective sessions, we discovered that we had been given exactly the same penance; psalm 131!  What could be the odds of that happening?  

We felt that the Lord was definitely speaking a word to us, one that we've tried to embrace since then. We do try to remember, every day, that we are totally cared for by the Lord and that everything that happens to us has either been willed or allowed by a gentle and loving Father who truly manifests a maternal care over us. We try to be as little children who have an absolute trust in our Father's goodness and who believe that all shall be well indeed, regardless of how things look or what we feel.  It's really not easy to be childlike - such as St. Thérèse was - but when we do strive to embrace the attitude described in the psalm above, there's a peace that usually comes... (November, 2021)